Tories raked in more than £15m in donations during the summer - thanks to a ... trends now

Tories raked in more than £15m in donations during the summer - thanks to a ... trends now
Tories raked in more than £15m in donations during the summer - thanks to a ... trends now

Tories raked in more than £15m in donations during the summer - thanks to a ... trends now

The Tories raked in more than £15million in donations this summer - including a record £10million bequest from a Sainsbury's heir, new figures have revealed.

According to the Electoral Commission watchdog, the Conservatives reported a total of £15,810,269 in funding between July and September.

Almost two-thirds of the sum came from the £10million left to the party by Lord John Sainsbury following his death at the age of 94.

The Tory peer was a major shareholder in his family's supermarket chain, which he led as chairman for 23 years.

The Electoral Commission figures showed, over the same period, Labour reported £5,619,380 in funding, with the Liberal Democrats reporting £2,373,364.

The influx of cash into Tory coffers comes as rumours grow at Westminster that Rishi Sunak could call a general election as early as the Spring.

The influx of cash into Tory coffers comes as rumours grow at Westminster that Rishi Sunak could call a general election as early as the Spring

The influx of cash into Tory coffers comes as rumours grow at Westminster that Rishi Sunak could call a general election as early as the Spring

Tory peer Lord John Sainsbury was a major shareholder in his family's supermarket chain, which he led as chairman for 23 years

Tory peer Lord John Sainsbury was a major shareholder in his family's supermarket chain, which he led as chairman for 23 years

Electoral Commission figures showed, between July and September, the Tories reported £15,382,623 in donations and accepted £375,971 in public funds

Electoral Commission figures showed, between July and September, the Tories reported £15,382,623 in donations and accepted £375,971 in public funds 

Many had been expecting the Prime Minister to wait until Autumn of next year to go to the polls.

But Mr Sunak has this week seen his latest efforts to revive the Rwanda migrant scheme dramatically explode with the resignation of his immigration minister Robert Jenrick.

It has fuelled talk the PM could face a challenge to his leadership, through a confidence vote, as he battles a fresh bout of Conservative civil war.

One veteran Tory MP told MailOnline the chances of an election on May 2, or

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